It’s estimated that more that one million reconstructive procedures are performed by plastic surgeons every year. Plastic and reconstructive surgery helps patients of all ages and types – whether it’s a child with a birth defect, a young adult injured in an accident, or an older adult with a problem caused by aging. The goals of reconstructive surgery differ from those of aesthetic surgery. Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma or injury, infection, tumors, or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to improve form, by approximating normal appearance. Although no amount of surgery can achieve “perfection,” modern treatment options allow plastic surgeons to achieve improvements in form and function thought to be impossible 10 years ago. This will give you a basic understanding of some commonly-used techniques in reconstructive surgery. It won’t answer all of your questions, since each problem is unique and a great deal depends on your individual circumstances. Please click on the “General Reconstruction” button below to learn more about this aspect of plastic surgery, in general. And please be sure to ask your doctor to explain anything you don’t understand and for information that specifically details the procedure you are considering for yourself or your child.